Soothing Chickweed Salve Recipe

This is a super-strong salve made with a delicate plant that brings soothing relief to hot and dry tissues.

| February/March 2019

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Consider this salve for bug bites, hot rashes, clean wounds, or any itchy skin conditions. The optional lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil is also wonderful for the same conditions, gives the salve a nice scent, and is a mild preservative. This recipe makes a soft salve. If you anticipate storing this in a warm location, you can add more beeswax to reinforce its solid form. Up to 2 ounces of beeswax can be used in total. Yield: four 2-ounce containers.

  • 2 large handfuls fresh chickweed
  • 1-1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 ounce beeswax
  • 30 to 50 drops lavender essential oil, optional

Prep the day before: Chop fresh chickweed finely and arrange it in a thin layer on a cutting board or cookie sheet. Allow to wilt for 12 to 24 hours.

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The next day: Add wilted chickweed to olive oil. You’ll get the best results if you have roughly equal amounts of chickweed and olive oil.

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Julie Jamison
8/16/2019 12:10:06 PM

Can I substitute other essential oils, frankincense?


Ellie Cohan
8/1/2019 12:44:46 PM

Can one use dried chickweed in this recipe?







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